Robert Farley

Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky. He contributes to the blogs Lawyers, Guns, and Money and TAPPED.

Recent Articles

TAIL ATTEMPTS TO WAG DOG.

Now this is fascinating:

In a sign of growing concern in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government over US President Barack Obama's Middle East policies, Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled proposed Israeli sanctions on the US in a letter to cabinet ministers on Sunday...

THE NEW CHINA-BRAZIL AXIS.

Last week, an interview at a Brazilian defense website revealed that China and Brazil had come to an agreement regarding the training of Chinese naval personnel on board the Sao Paulo, Brazil's only aircraft carrier. Brazil is one of the only four countries in the world to possess an aircraft carrier capable of launching and recovering conventional aircraft; the others are France, Russia, and the United States.

NORTH KOREA GOES BOOM.

North Korea announced that it had tested a second nuclear device yesterday, a move which immediately earned the condemnation of the international community.

GANGSTERS AND WEAK STATES.

Last week I spoke with Vanda Felbab-Brown of Brookings about gangsters, pirates, insurgents, and weak states. Here we talk a bit about the violence of the Mexican drug cartels:

Ms. Felbab-Brown also has a paper on the Mexican drug cartels from Brookings that's worth your valuable time.

--Robert Farley

SOVIET EMPIRE STRIKES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE.

Via David Axe and the United States Naval Institute blog, Fairplay Shipping News reports that a retired Soviet admiral has claimed that many of the chief Somali pirates were trained in Soviet naval schools.

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